First Gosport fayre is hailed a smash hit by organiser

ALL THE MOVES The Zheng Dao Lo tai-chi group from Gosport gave a display. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132542-1)
ALL THE MOVES The Zheng Dao Lo tai-chi group from Gosport gave a display. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132542-1)

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THE first-ever late summer fayre for a Gosport cancer support centre was a great success.

The Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Bus Station South Street organised the event.

It took place in Nicholson Gardens, Carlton Road and aimed to raise awareness of the cause and money.

Different stalls selling arts and craft, food and drink, and information on local clubs was available.

Julie Clayton is a volunteer counsellor and trustee of the centre and helped organise the event.

She said: ‘We wanted to raise funds for the centre because we rely completely on donations given.

‘But also, we wanted people to know about our service and what we offer.

‘We had a great response from businesses, who came along to set up their stalls.

‘Considering the gardens are tucked away, we had a fair few people about.’

The Gosport centre helps people suffering from or have had cancer, and their family and friends.

‘We help people suffering from cancer, and those around them,’ added Julie.

‘It could be counselling or it could be bereavement help.

‘Sometimes it doesn’t always hit people immediately that they have lost someone. But we can help with that.’

As well as stalls and refreshments, people were also treated to a martial arts display.

The Zheng Dao Lo martial arts class holds sessions in the Gosport area.

Liana Bower, of the group, said: ‘We were asked if we wanted to do a demonstration, and we agreed straight away. The event was good, and a great idea. There weren’t many people there, but those who were enjoyed it.

‘We had a few people come to us afterwards and ask about the club.’

To find out more about the cancer centre, visit harbourcancer.org.uk